Child Support

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Child Support in Wake County

Child support is one of the most contentious aspects of family law. Both parents have a legal obligation to support their children, but they often don’t agree on an amount. The legislature has promulgated a formula to calculate child support according to commonly used guidelines. However, each case is different, and  judges can deviate to award less or more in certain circumstances. That’s why it’s so important to have a Wake County child support lawyer in your corner. 

When you schedule a consultation with McKnight Law, we will evaluate your case and then create a strategy to ensure that child support payments are fair. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options.

Factors to Determine Child Support

The North Carolina court evaluates numerous factors when determining child support. These factors include:

  • The child custody order 
  • Income of both parents 
  • Daycare costs
  • Cost of insurance 
  • Special needs of the child 
These are just some of the factors the court considers. Your Wake County child support lawyer will go over each factor in detail.

Calculating Child Support

North Carolina’s child support formula considers numerous factors. However, the parent’s income, custody arrangement, and the number of children requiring support are the biggest considerations. And of course,if you are your child’s primary caregiver, you’ll receive more money for child support than would be the case if you split physical custody. 

However, it’s not unusual for the court to stray from the formula under certain circumstances. For instance, if one of the parties is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed, the court will take that into consideration and might adjust the support order. Alternatively, if one or both parents have high incomes or extensive assets, the court would be justified in deviating from the guidelines to address the actual needs of a child of those parents.

Because this is so complicated, it’s important to hire a Wake County child support lawyer. Your attorney can provide evidence to show that you and your child need a specific amount of support  each month.

Adjusting Child Support Payments

If you currently have a child support order, you might be able to modify it as long as certain conditions are met. Normally, three years must have elapsed  since the current order was put in place or was last modified. Second, circumstances affecting the minor child must have changed.

If a change in circumstances means you’re eligible for more in support, you can petition the court to modify the order. Also, you might be eligible for a modification if your child needs additional care or if the custody arrangement or order  has changed. In addition, you might be able to modify the order if the child no longer requires as much support or if you lost your job. 

Contact a Wake County child support attorney if you believe you are eligible for a modification. Your attorney will review the paperwork and other documentation to determine if you should receive more or pay less in child support.

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Why Choose McKnight Law

  • Purposeful Consultation – Discuss all your needs and ask us all your questions during your consultation to find out all the ways we can assist you. If you would like to move forward, we can begin building your case quickly.


  • Five-Star Reviews – McKnight Law has a five-star rating on Google and numerous accolades on other websites.  


  • Covers All Areas of Family Law – Our Wake County family law attorneys represent clients in separations, divorces, custody cases, alimony, child support, and more.


  • Committed to Clients – McKnight Law is dedicated to all the clients we serve. We find solutions to complex problems and work quickly to help our clients move forward with their cases.


  • Compassionate Services – We understand that family law cases are difficult for our clients. Our compassionate legal services take the stress away, so our clients can focus on family and loved ones instead of court hearings and cases.  

Purposeful Consultation – Discuss all your needs and ask us all your questions during your consultation to find out all the ways we can assist you. If you would like to move forward, we can begin building your case quickly.

Five-Star Reviews – McKnight Law has a five-star rating on Google and numerous accolades on other websites.  

Covers All Areas of Family Law – Our Wake County family law attorneys represent clients in separations, divorces, custody cases, alimony, child support, and more.  

Committed to Clients – McKnight Law is dedicated to all the clients we serve. We find solutions to complex problems and work quickly to help our clients move forward with their cases.

Compassionate Services – We understand that family law cases are difficult for our clients. Our compassionate legal services take the stress away, so our clients can focus on family and loved ones instead of court hearings and cases.  

What If The Parent Doesn’t Pay Child Support?

Unfortunately, some parents attempt to avoid paying child support. If your child’s other parent fails to pay, he or she will be in contempt of court. A judge has the authority to temporarily jail a non-complying parent to enforce payment. Other options available to the court may include intercepting  tax returns or garnishing wages to pay the back child support. Also, the parent might lose his or her driver’s license and professional license, along with being assessed fines and other penalties. If you aren’t receiving the required payments, contact a Wake County child support lawyer. Your attorney can file the necessary paperwork to help you collect what’s owed.

When Can’t You Request A Modification?

While many changes in circumstances allow you to request a child support modification, that isn’t always the case. You cannot modify the child support agreement as part of a chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. Also, if your financial responsibility has increased for one of your children that isn’t part of the support obligation, you typically cannot modify child support. A modification is likewise not available to someone obligated to pay support who has voluntarily reduced his or her income. 

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